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  • US states with higher minimum wages gain more jobs Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    A Congressional Budget Office report earlier this year lent some support for that view. It found that a minimum wage of $10.10 an hour, as President Obama supports, could cost 500,000 jobs nationwide.

  • Ranking US states by job creation in past 5 years Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. North Dakota, benefiting from an oil and gas drilling boom, has created nearly 98,000 jobs over the past five years, a 27 percent increase-- by far the best in the country.

  • Marijuana edibles burgeoning into US industry Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 1:17 AM ET

    Edibles and infused products such as snack bars, olive oils and tinctures popular with medical marijuana users have flourished into a gourmet market of chocolate truffles, whoopie pies and hard candies as Colorado and Washington legalized the recreational use of marijuana in the past year.

  • Dairy Farmers of America ends price suit for $50M Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 1:56 PM ET

    The lawsuit charged the cooperative, its marketing arm, Dairy Marketing Services, and Dallas- based Dean Foods with working together to monopolize the market for raw milk in the Northeast, driving down prices paid to dairy farmers. Dairy processor Dean Foods Co. agreed to a settlement of $30 million in 2011. Dean Foods also did not admit any wrongdoing.

  • Group seeks access to energy planning documents Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 12:10 PM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— The Conservation Law Foundation is asking for access to more documents about energy plans in New England that the group says are shrouded in secrecy.

  • Feds OK higher water temperature for Millstone Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 11:20 AM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.— Connecticut's nuclear power plant won permission to use warmer water from Long Island Sound for cooling at the second of its two units, federal regulators said Monday. The approval by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission allows the Millstone 3 unit to use water as warm as 80 degrees Fahrenheit, up from 75 degrees.

  • U.S. House panel approves bill to rein in patent fights Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 4:49 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, July 10- A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Thursday approved a draft bill aimed at reining in companies that seek licensing fees for invalid patents or are otherwise dishonest in writing what are known as "demand letters."

  • Vermont lawmakers approve health care rules Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 7:01 AM ET

    "It also represents an effort to consolidate and streamline Medicaid and Vermont Health Connect eligibility processes as we move towards Green Mountain Care under Act 48.". Vermont Legal Aid believed one section as written might exclude certain populations from long-term care benefits in a Medicaid- funded program called Choices for Care.

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has backed the proposed increase to $8.50 from the current $7.25 an hour, but the bill has met heavy resistance in the state senate, where Republicans have a power sharing agreement with a breakaway group of Democrats.

  • The bicameral bill by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Representative Doris Matsui of California comes as the Federal Communications Commission is collecting public comments on new "net neutrality" rules.

  • But the EPA rule does not focus on absolute emissions reductions but rather seeks a reduction of carbon intensity from 2012 levels. The EPA said every state except Vermont, which has almost no carbon emissions, still needs to reduce carbon intensity under the rule, including the dozen or so states whose emissions are already 30 percent or more below 2005 levels.

  • May 28- California lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a bill that would require labels on foods made with genetically modified organisms, the second time in two years such legislation has failed to take hold in the state.

  • Pilgrims journey to craft beer mecca this weekend Friday, 23 May 2014 | 2:58 PM ET

    Vermont's Hill Farmstead, Lawson's Finest Liquids and Alchemist are hosting Memorial Day weekend events that have aficionados buzzing.

  • May 8- Vermont on Thursday became the first U.S. state to mandate labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms as Governor Peter Shumlin signed a law that is expected to be challenged in court by some food and agriculture companies.

  • As Vermont labels GMO, food industry likely to sue Thursday, 8 May 2014 | 5:33 PM ET
    Labels on bags of snack foods indicate they are non-GMO food products.

    Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a new law that puts the state on the path to become the first to require labels on genetically modified foods.

  • May 8- Vermont on Thursday became the first U.S. state to mandate labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms as Governor Peter Shumlin signed a law that is widely expected to be challenged in court by some food and agriculture companies.

  • Climate change has a cost and it's on you Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 10:08 AM ET
    A woman with the Army Corps of Engineers and a representative from FEMA document a destroyed home November 28, 2012 in a residential area of New Dorp Beach in Staten Island.

    The impact of climate change has never been more present with droughts, storms and tornadoes. But this change has a cost and it's for you to pay.

  • Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate subcommittee that oversees foreign aid, said on Tuesday he would not approve sending funds to the Egyptian military, denouncing a "sham trial" in which a court sentenced 683 people to death.

  • Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee that oversees foreign aid, said on Tuesday he will not approve sending funds to the Egyptian military, denouncing a "sham trial" in which a court sentenced 683 people to death.

  • Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate subcommittee that oversees foreign aid, said on Tuesday he will not approve aid for the Egyptian military. "I'm not prepared to sign off on the delivery of additional aid for the Egyptian military," the Vermont Democrat said in a speech on the Senate floor.